Tuesday, May 27, 2008

We are in Hangzhou

We made it to Hangzhou and to Dr Li. I was happy to see him and his new office which has a fish tank and a new computer.

The hospital I am at accepted 10 children from Sichuan the night I got here. Dr Li was here and he personally carried one of the children into the hospital. The children range from 1 to 13 years old and most of them have had limbs amputated. As if that is not enough the wounds are severely infected. They have set up a special place for them in the hospital. Last night another 15 were flown in. I think they are going to take about 50 patients from Sichuan. The slogan here in Hangzhou is right now we are all Sichuan residents.

Getting to Hangzhou, I was a little heavy laden. All the stuff I have to take to be prepared for any eventuality! I decided to take Breanna in a front pack so that she was facing me. I have also decided that there has to be a new Olympic sport. I had Breanna in front in a pack (8kg or about 18 pounds), my backpack on the back which I am sure weighed even more Breanna, and then the diaper bag hanging. As soon as I got off the plane I needed to go to the bathroom. I was just dreading it. I could not take anything off. There was nowhere to put Breanna and there were no hooks to hang any bags on. I kid you not!!!! I went to the bathroom with all of it hanging off my body. My jeans were around my ankles, and I hated to think what was on the floor and thank heavens it was not a squatter because I would not have been able to get up. I had to reach for my pants very carefully because the space was so small that had I fallen over someone would have been in the toilet bowl and the toilet was an automatic flushing one. Trying to maneuver everything out of there without taking the door with me took special skill. I could only wash one hand and then slowly drudged my way over to the red suitcase that was spinning all by its lonesome self in a circle on the conveyor belt. Now for that you deserve a platinum medal.....forget the gold.

After that I have nothing interesting to tell you.

Breanna will be having her surgery 8am China time. Thank you for all the emails I have gotten and for those you are praying for her. I forgot my camera cables at home so no pictures. My thanks to June and her son Matthew who have been such frequent visitors. Thank you for you help and generosity. Breanna just loves Matthew and has fallen asleep on him twice already.

Life, Love and Laughter,

Starfish Foster Home


redmaryjanes said...

I have been praying today. I hope that the surgery has gone well.

John & Michelle said...

you are in my prayers today and always! What a funny story!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Just goes to show Amanda... you are truly multi tasking now... fingers crossed for today... take care

Monica said...

I'm impressed.